Around the district

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mrs. Uponen's second-grade students will host their annual Teddy Bear Tea for their parents Thursday. The students will read to their families about their favorite teddy bear.

Mr. Severson's fourth-grade students are preparing for their annual Iditarod field trip.

The school held its forensics meet last week. The students performed outstanding presentations. The following students will go on to the district meet: Abigail Chadwick, storytelling, fourth grade; Bradi Anderson, humorous poetry, fifth grade; Will McDermid, nonhumorous poetry, fifth grade; Maya Chay, humorous poetry, sixth grade; Eliza Chadwick, nonhumorous poetry, sixth grade; and Nikita Naumoff, nonhumorous prose, sixth grade.

Aurora Borealis will hold an enrollment lottery for the 2003-04 school year. Applications are available at the school and must be delivered in person to the office by 4 p.m. March 14. The lottery results will be posted April 21. Families no longer interested in being on the waiting list are asked to call Debbi Palm at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Furlong's class enjoyed snowshoeing at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to the parents and staff at the center. The class's next bake sale will be March 11. The class's space projects are displayed by the office.

There will be a family fun night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Love of Reading overnight stay planned for Friday has been canceled due to the lack of adult volunteers.

The entries for the door decorating contest two weeks ago were fantastic. The overall winner was the Title I class, with honorable mention going to Mrs. McCrum's class and Ms. DuFloth's reading class for the upper grades and to Mrs. Boehmler's class and Mrs. Teller's class for the primary grades.

First-graders will start a new unit about Captain Bill Pinkney. They will read and learn about his journey around the world in his sailboat and will study the four continents he visited. There will be no centers on Friday.

The Artist in Residence projects are framed and displayed in the borough assembly chambers at the borough building in Soldotna.

Mrs. Teller's class thanks Matt McCrum for showing his commercial diving equipment and explaining the work he does underwater.

The school forensics winners are: Shaynee Devito and Rachell Robson, Sara Hanson and Alyssa Rosin, and Chelsea Hardcastle and Mariesha Derkevrkian, poetry multiples; Ray Mabrey and Jacob Janowski, Tyler McGillivray and Dylon Story, and Sophia Taeschner and Hannah Joy, prose multiples; Michelle Klaben, storytelling; Jessie Duke, Jasmine Woodland and Michael Thornton, nonhumorous poetry; Jesse Ellison and Sarah Rife, nonhumorous prose; Kayla Schultz and Chris Nolen, interpretive reading; Brian Folley, Ashton Manzek, Zack Lesslie, Sam McKerian and Ryan Harris, interpretive reading multiples; and Sidara Wilkinson and Josh Silba, humorous poetry.

Montessori Charter

The kindergartners are displaying writings and watercolor paintings of the rain forests of South America.

The first- through third-graders have been enjoying yoga with Mrs. Schaeffer.

Mrs. Canedo is helping both classes learn the Spanish words for all the foods brought to school for lunches.

Students also have been working on maps of the continents and have written the names of the oceans and countries. Each day, students read from their own books to share the research information they have discovered.

Students will start studying China next week and have been preparing by talking to parents and friends for information, reading about the Chinese New Year and researching with computers, magazines and encyclopedia.

Students also are working on poetry and reciting poems they have learned.

The next open house will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today in room 410 at Soldotna Elementary School. The school plans to extend its services to kindergarten through sixth grade next year. Anyone interested in learning more about the school or enrolling is encouraged to call 260-9221 or 262-6389. The deadline to apply for enrollment is March 15, and a lottery will be held March 29.

The next parent meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 11.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. Topics on the agenda include the Artist in Schools program, House Bill 26 and new expenditures for the PTA budget. Door prizes will be offered. All parents are invited to attend.

PE classes will participate in a rhythmic unit. Students will have the opportunity to do a variety of jumping tricks.

Support Mountain View Elementary's Jump Rope for Heart program. The event will take place during regular physical education classes this week through March 7. Jump Rope for Heart teaches students the importance of a healthy heart and of raising funds for heart disease and stroke research. For more information, call Karen Brewer-Fair at 283-6148.

Advance tickets for the "Trial of Goldie Locks," a play performed by Mountain View students, are available at the office for $2. The play will be March 6 and 7.

Redoubt Elementary

Turn Off Your TV week will begin with the school celebration of Dr. Suess's birthday Friday and will continue through March 6. Safeway has challenged the school, and if every student turns off their TV for at least one night, Safeway will provide cake and ice cream for the entire school. The class at each end of the building with the highest percentage of students participating for the entire week also will receive a pizza party.

Parent-to-Parent classes, which teach parents for safe and drug-free youth, will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 4, 5, 6 and 10. Contact Nurse Donna for more information and to register. Child care will be provided, and the classes are free.

Congratulations to the winners of the door decorating contest: Ms. Walker's second-grade class for "Amelia Bedelia," and Mrs. DeVolld's fifth-grade class for "Spirit Horse." The classes will receive free ice cream on Ice Cream Friday next week.

Students are reminded to check the lost and found before it is cleaned out. All items remaining will be donated to area charities on Friday.

Congratulations to the following winners of the school forensics competition:

Fourth grade -- Connor Aaronson, first, Kaitlyn Young, second and Brittany Rogers and Austin Emerton, third, humorous poetry; Hailey Oglesbee, first, Cyle Williams, second and Mariah Henson, third, nonhumorous poetry; Delana Duncan, first, Austin Whitaker, second and Josh Bunch, third, humorous prose; Eddie Snyder, first, Manessah Osborne, second and Kevin Michaelson, third, nonhumorous prose; Sasha Jones, first, storytelling; Mitchell Thompson, first, Connor Dimick, second and Tyler Brown, third, interpretive reading singles; Mariah Henson, Cole Tallman and Kevin Michaelson, first, Colton Schneider, Delana Duncan, Landon Anderson, Sasha Jones and Taelor Brnadon, second, and Meera Oftedal and Hailey Oglesbee, tie for third, and IntiMayo Harbison, Austin Whitaker, Josh Bunch, Kelty Montat and Aaron Haupt, tie for third, interpretive reading multiples.

Fifth grade -- Hannah Romberg, first, Betheny Crist and Brittany Bush, second and Ryan Burow, Randi Freestone and Anna Byrne, third, humorous poetry; Emily Rohloff, first, Neil Gallagher, second and Ashlea Simmons, third, nonhumorous poetry; Colton Ciufo, first, Tessa Chavka and Stryker McLane, second, and Karen Senette, third, humorous prose; Emily Smola, first, Tiffany Maestas, second, and Anthony Bunch, third, nonhumorous prose; Ryan Hatt, Blaine Carver and Silas Rodriguez, first, multiple prose; Colton Ciufo and Ryan Lindley, first, multiple poetry; Jessica Utrup, first, Travis Newberry, second, and Blaine Carver, third, storytelling; Dillon Ball, first, Leisha Dennison, second, and Zachary Truesdell, third, interpretive reading singles; and Tessa Chavka and Ashlea Simmons, first, Betheny Crist, Savanna Schoessler, Travis Newberry, Anna Byrne, Stryker McLane and Karen Senette, second, and Samantha Smith and Chelsea Simmons, third, interpretive reading multiples.

Sixth grade -- Tyler Best, first, Madeleine Devore, second, and Whitney Velez, third, humorous poetry; Jake Stephl, first, Liberty Penttila, second, and Andy Williams, third, nonhumorous poetry; Sarah Morris, first, and Carissa Young, second, humorous prose; Gabby Daigle, first, Alyssa Godes, second, and Mike Henson, third, nonhumorous prose; Amy Junkert, Stephanie Arbach and Amanda Hoyt, first, Jacy Felt and Jessica Blackburn, second, and Jesse Chumley and Henry Smith, third, prose multiples; Allyson Oberts and Shiloh Penttila, first, Emma Miles and Samantha Moeller, second, and James Vanantwerp, Zach Oakley and Josh Marquardt, third, poetry multiples; Hannah Delaney, first, Cerese McBee, second, and Dylan Tucker, third, storytelling; Bailey Walgenbach, first, Miranda Burcham, second, and Elliott Frazier, third, interpretive reading singles; Yuzhun Evanoff, Ryan Helminski and Jake Montgomery, first, Jordan Evanoff and Sam Roberts, second, and Cassandra Junkert and Shannon Moore, third, interpretive reading multiples.

Thanks to forensics judges Corbi Aaronson, Jane Chavka, Diane Bush, Katy Dempsey, Seane Oglesbee, Mick Galic, Carmen Stephl, Jean Drobnick, Ken Simmons, Linda Houglum and Heidi Penttila. The school's first-place winners will present their selections to the student body at 9 a.m. Friday in the gym, and the district forensics meet will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Sears Elementary

Spring pictures will be March 6.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. March 6 in the library. Pizza will be provided, and magnet school classrooms will be discussed. Also, questions will be answered regarding school consolidation.

Ms. Ralston and Mrs. Cowgill will celebrate Dr. Suess Read Across America in the library Friday. They will perform readings of "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Sneetches."

Thanks to the families who supported the spring book fair. Profits will bring authors and artists to the school.

Mrs. Hurst, Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Shelden will have a performance about space at 2 p.m. Friday in the library. Parents are invited.

Mrs. Thomas' kindergarten class has been learning about graphing, writing journals and poetry.

Soldotna Elementary

The kindergarten music program will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the gym. Kindergartners will show how reading can be fun, using music and song.

March is "Music in Our Schools" month and all parents are invited to join their children for music classes March 24 to 28.

The chess club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 7 in the library. Chess sets will be provided. For more information, see Mrs. Boyce.

Congratulations to weekly Fun Buck winners: J.J. DeMello, Sarah Wynkoop, Gregory Barnes, Steven Renfrow, Steven Elsbury, Sean Endsley, Tyler Neeley and Adam Zufelt.


Congratulations to cross-country skier Elisabeth Habermann for finishing second in freestyle and fourth combined at the regional competition.

The Benchmark, TerraNova and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be administered for students in grades three through 12 Tuesday through March 5. Practice materials are available at the office. Tests for the central peninsula will be offered at Soldotna Bible Chapel. Students are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start time. Third-grade students also will test March 7 at the Soldotna Elementary School staff development room. Students should arrive by 8:45 a.m. For more information about testing, call Doug at 262-6315.

The Young Women's Conference, sponsored by Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities, will be Saturday and is open to all girls in grades six through eight. Forms and additional information are available at the Connections office. Preregistration is required.

The deadline for the NASA Northern Lights essay contest is March 31. For more information, visit the Connections Web site.

Registration for the 2003-04 school year will begin in April. For more information about the program or to make an enrollment appointment, call 262-6315.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

The ASAA-First National Bank All-State Art Exhibition will be April 9 to 25. Students in grades nine through 12, with artwork produced in January through March are eligible to enter. For more information, e-mail

Re-enrollment has begun and is online this year. For more information, check your e-mail.

Families interested in enrolling in IDEA for next year can contact an IDEA employee. More information is available online at or by calling the IDEA office at 260-7555.

Testing will be March 4 to 6. For more information, call your teacher. Test sites, times and locations for each grade are as follows:

Soldotna area: Soldotna Sports Center

(Clam Gulch/Kasilof/Kenai/Nikiski/Soldotna/Sterling)

Exit Exam for grades 10 to 12: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day.

Benchmark Test for grades 3, 6 and 8: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day. The test is not timed, but most students finish by noon.

TerraNova for grades 4 and 5: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

TerraNova for grades 7 and 9: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Soldotna area: Aspen Hotel

(Clam Gulch/Kasilof/Kenai/Nikiski/Soldotna/Sterling)

Exit Exam for grades 10 to 12: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day. Most students finish by 2 p.m.

Homer area: Land's End

(Anchor Point/Fritz Creek/Halibut Cove/Homer/Nikolaevsk/Ninilchik)

Exit Exam for grades 10 to 12: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 9 a.m. each day. Most students finish by 2 p.m.

Benchmark Test for grades 3, 6 and 8: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day. Most students finish by noon.

TerraNova for grades 4 and 5: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

TerraNova for grades 7 and 9: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Seward area: Seward Public Library

(Seward/Moose Pass)

Benchmark Test for grades 3, 6 and 8: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day. Most students finish by noon.

TerraNova for grades 4 and 5: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

TerraNova for grades 7 and 9: Check-in at 1 p.m.; test begins at 1:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Seward area: Alaska Vocational Technical Center

(Seward/Moose Pass)

Exit Exam for grades 10 to 12: Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; test begins at 8:45 a.m. each day. Most students finish by 2 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The school will sponsor its annual spaghetti dinner March 6 at Kenai Central High School to support the band program. Tickets are available at the office for $5 or may be purchased at the door for $7.50.

Keep collecting crushed aluminum beverage cans. Students who collect 10 pounds of aluminum cans and bring them in April 1 and 2 will be allowed to sign up first for mini-courses.

Mini-courses are one- or two-day educational courses that will take place the last week of school in May. Some activities last year included kite making, horseback riding, Skyline-Exit Glacier hikes, rafting the Kenai River, mountain climbing, an excursion to Homer, rock climbing, mountain biking, a Lower Russian River camp out and a Kenai Lake canoe and camping trip.

Most mini-courses will have a fee. Adults interested in teaching a mini-course are invited to talk to Mr. Roser or Mrs. Kant. All course ideas need to be in by March 14. Anyone who would like to volunteer with a course is asked to wait until students sign up, then contact the teacher leading the course.

Don't forget the following dates:

Thursday -- Volleyball at Soldotna Middle at 3 p.m.

Friday -- Volleyball at KMS at 4 p.m.; last day for clubs

Saturday -- Volleyball at SMS at 10 a.m.; borough ski tournament at Nikiski

Tuesday through March 6 -- TerraNova and Benchmark testing.

The junior class will undergo health screening today.

The hockey awards banquet will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and TerraNova tests will be administered Tuesday through March 6.

March 8 will be senior night for basketball, as well as a dance.

The third quarter ends and spring break begins March 14.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Congratulations to the Nikiski hockey team, which placed third in the state competition. This is the best Nikiski High School hockey as ever done.

There will be a rehearsal for the talent show at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Nikiski skiers who qualified for state will compete in races at Thursday through Saturday in Fairbanks.

The basketball teams will play Seldovia at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The teams will play Grace Lutheran at home at noon Saturday. On March 7, the teams play Houston at 3 p.m., and on March 8, the teams will face Heritage.

The talent show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Grade checks for sports eligibility will go out Monday.

There will be a choir concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered March 4 to 6 for all sophomores and any juniors or seniors who have not passed the test. Testing will begin at 9 a.m. each day.

Spring sports begin March 10, starting with the first practice for boys soccer at 3 p.m. Girls soccer practice will follow. The track and field team will start practices at 4 p.m. March 10.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the girls' Nordic ski team for placing first at regions and to the boys' team for placing fourth. The teams will compete at state this weekend in Fairbanks.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and TerraNova tests will be administered Tuesday through March 6. Students are reminded to get plenty of rest before the tests.

The junior varsity basketball team will play at home Saturday against Seldovia.

Eighth-grade parent night will be at 7 p.m. March 10 in the library.

The Music in Our Schools concert will be March 11.

Track and field and soccer practices begin March 24.

Prom will be April 5.

Soldotna High

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and TerraNova tests will be administered Tuesday through March 6. The reading portion of the HSGQE will be Tuesday, followed by writing on Wednesday and math on Thursday. Juniors and seniors who have passed the portion of the test scheduled for the day do not have to come to school until classes begin at 11 a.m. Students reporting to school at 11 a.m. are responsible for their own transportation, as buses will operate on their normal early morning schedules. Students who are not testing but who come to school at the regular time should report to the gym. A variety of activities will be provided.

The SoHi mock trial team will compete in Anchorage on March 7 and 8.

Eighth-grade parent night will be at 7 p.m. March 10.

The SoHi cross-country ski team booster club will hold a prom dress, tuxedo, evening wear and accessories consignment sale March 7 and 8. Consignors earn a 70 percent commission. Donated items will be accepted at the Peninsula Center Mall from noon to 5 p.m. March 7. For more information, call Annette at 262-2480 or Lisa at 262-5903.

Late orders for yearbooks are now $60. A few senior ad spaces are available until Friday. Payment and pictures are due at that time. Quarter-page ads are $75, half-page ads are $115, and full-page ads are $175.

Cook Inlet Academy

Thanks to Pastor Steve Brown of New Life Assembly of God for donating 25 new choir robes to the school.

Students of the week are Tyler Fenton, for being quick to obey; Jacob Boudreaux, for being polite; Michael Horton, for being a diligent worker; Braden Knowlton, for an excellent journal; Eric Bell, for an awesome attitude at completing work; Drew Fowler, for improvement in reading; Dalton Johnson, for persistence in math; Aaron Julien, for showing integrity and diligence; Janice Scritchfield, for improvement in math; Derrick Bunts, for helping to set up new instruments and putting stuff away in the music room; Emma Selden, for improvement in schoolwork; and Lucas Barkman, for helping to put together instruments.

Congratulations to the winners of the ACSI district spelling bee. Three of the four final round winners for fifth- through eighth-graders are CIA students: Liam Andrus placed first; Melissa Moffis placed second; and Heidi Hillyer placed third. These students will compete at the state competition March 17 in Wasilla. Other winners included Adam Uchtman, Julie Litchfield, Megan Bauder, Lacey Cashman, Kelsie Leaf, Chloe Nelson, Cody Munn, Tiana McGahan, Hilary Domke, Nathan Larson, Scotty Litchfield, Brooke Forsi and Kaitlyn White.

The junior high students enjoyed a day of bowling and pizza for their winter fun day.

Grace Lutheran

In Christlight this week, students are studying the parable of the workers in the vineyard and learning that salvation is a free gift of God's undeserved love that cannot be earned by good works.

Congratulations to Josh Love, who represented the school in the state spelling bee. Congratulations also to Tom Werth and Josh Love for passing their addition facts in two minutes, to Allan Wentzlaff for passing his addition facts in three minutes, to Kathryn Love for passing her multiplication facts in four minutes and to Jessiah Stang for passing his division facts in four minutes.

In science, the seventh- and eighth-graders are studying the five kingdoms of life and the fourth- through sixth-graders are studying invertebrates. The lower-graders are learning about sound through many hands-on activities.

In music, students are using rhythm instruments to practice timing and rhythm.

The kindergartners spent the first part of February talking about Abe Lincoln. Log cabins, facts about Abe and a life-sized painting of President Lincoln adorn the school hallway. The students now are learning about George Washington.

The lower-grade students are putting their language skills to use by writing and sending friendly letters to their pen pals from Calvary Lutheran in Dallas.

The school is accepting applications for the 2003-04 school year. Grace Lutheran is located on Ciechanski, one block off Kalifornsky Beach Road. Stop by or call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

Jacob Bargar and Naomi Pettey received the cleanest desk awards this week.

Alex Pettey reached the 4,000s club, and was the first Lower Learning Center student to make it all the way around the Goalopoly board.

Troy Consiel earned .5 credits for completing an Alaska state history course.

The boys' basketball team will play Cook Inlet Academy at home at 6 p.m. Friday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

This week, the class is learning about the human body. Students learned about healthy eating Monday and Tuesday by making a delicious fruit salad and designing a book about healthy living.

Today and Thursday will be spent learning about the five senses. Students also will take a field trip to the hospital. Friday's class will learn about anatomy, with X-rays on the manipulative table for students to examine. The class will learn where the main organs are located and how to protect them.

Next week, students will focus on Love of Literacy. The students will start journaling and are asked to bring their favorite books for show and tell.

Visitors are welcome to drop in and observe any time. Call 283-3100 to arrange a visit.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to Samantha W.

Last week, students celebrated Presidents Day by learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They learned why these presidents are important to the country's history, did some craft projects and learned about our current president.

This week, students are learning about dental health. Students will learn when and how to brush their teeth, what health foods to eat and how the dentist cleans teeth. Students also will make books, and at the end of the week they will receive toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Free play in the gym has been fun for the students and has allowed them to release some energy.

Space is available in the Wednesday through Friday class. For more information, call 262-1284.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at or by fax at 283-3299.

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